Car essentially burnt to the ground

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domstang68
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Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by domstang68 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 5:29 pm

Hello all,

My grandparents drove a 2006 Ford Freestyle SE. They have had the car since it was new. Today, they were at the casino and I guess while it was sitting in the parking lot, it caught on fire turned off and not running and essentially burnt down.

They did not maintain the car super well towards the end, so that may have factored in, but is there anything that gets super hot or could potentially cause a fire that is common? I drive a 2005 SE and am hoping the car does not decide to burn down (in addition to the few things this year that have already broken). Their car had about 120000 miles and mine has about 127300.


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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by mmsstar » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:18 pm

They left the car running?

It isn't a common occurrence despite what this member claimed.
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Could have started due to an electrical short, or could have been a fuel leak contacting something hot. The Cats can get pretty hot. Also if the Cats get plugged it can cause enough back pressure to burn a hole in the intake manifold.
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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by domstang68 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:45 pm

Yeah, I saw that post and thought they were nutty.

The car was off in a parking lot.

We are also waiting to see if the insurance company is going to investigate

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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by Webmaster » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:49 pm

Strange. This is the second time I've heard of this happening in the 13 years I've been running this site, so it's super rare and statistically probably consistent with any ~11 year old car. Glad no one was in it!

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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by domstang68 » Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:00 pm

I agree! I guess if the insurance says anything I'll post a reply back here.

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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by jas88 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:04 am

I wonder if the cruise control circuit has batt voltage all the time like the F150s that had fire problems due to the brake switch leaking?
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Re: Car essentially burnt to the ground

Post by pmassey31545 » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:03 am

Can I get the transmission for cheap? You know...just in case I need it later. HA.
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